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Question: I have plastic pipes that drain the water from grass/plants. The pipe extends to the sewer on our street. All of the drainage pipes feed water into the one connected to the sewer. This pipe is clogged with dead leaves etc. I used a plumbers tool but could only get out some of the material. Is there something safe, like drano, that I can use? Thank you-Ken Selzer

Answer: I don't think Drano is the right thing to use. Have you tried putting your garden hose into the pipe and and turning the water on full force? This will dislodge debris that is stuck. Once you get the pipe clear, put some screening material over the pipe so debris cannot enter. When everything piles up at the pipe entry it will be easy to remove. Best wishes with your project!

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